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Lusted-after ‘porn appraiser’ job in China the ultimate NSFW work

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Some would call it a dream job an XX-rated dream.

An alliance of Chinese Internet companies seeking to clean up the country's online environment is looking for someone who would not mind getting paid to sift through hours of online porn, the Beijing-based English language newspaper China Daily reported.

Apparently, a career as a "chief porn appraiser" was a dream come true for countless Chinese job-hunters, resulting in a mass of applicants sending in their resumes and, um, relevant experience. As an added incentive if any were even needed the position pays an annual salary of $32,400 for a task that many already do free.

The Beijing-based Safety Alliance posted the job position on a popular microblogging website earlier this month as part of a drive to monitor and remove obscenity and pornography from China's Web. The chief porn appraiser would be responsible for sorting through NSFW "not safe for work" websites and targeting content that should be disabled.

Though the job, at first glance, seems to require only viewing pornographic material, alliance officials also want applicants who speak a foreign language and have reasonable familiarity with foreign laws.

The Safety Alliance has made alliances of its own, adding up to 800 companies including Baidu, a leading Chinese Web service and China Merchants Bank to help fight online porn and to protect China's youths from indecent online content.

"As we find vulgar information and safety risk on websites, we'll remind Web users with an online label, while for those that we're not sure about, we'll ask law school professors and government administrators for help," Yang Jilong, the alliance's human resources chief, told the China Daily.

The newspaper talked with Cai Yifan, one of the many Chinese applicants for the job. Mr. Yifan, 23, a college graduate who majored in English, took the online test for the job but found the other job requirements quite difficult. The test covered areas from translation to knowledge of the law and psychology.

"I'm interested in the job, but my chances of success are very small," Mr. Cai said.

According to the formal job posting put out by the alliance, the job description includes:

Research and study pornographic videos and images, formulate criteria for determining obscenity.

Deploy courseware on the standards of obscenity determination and study materials such as educational videos on pornography.

"Manage and rate pornographic resources."

The Safety Alliance already has five workers screening "adult" sites for objectionable material, "but we need a team leader," Mr. Yang told the newspaper.

By the middle of last week, the ad had been forwarded nearly 130,000 times and about 300,000 people had left messages acquiring more information about the job. The company had received more than 5,000 resumes, Mr. Yang said.

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